Chicken Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Chicken pasta salad with peanut butter dressing is a carb and protein loaded filling meal with nutty flavors of the peanut. Goes with the Thai flavors and the easiest lunch to put together in a hurry.

I don’t use peanut butter a lot and believe more in eating fresh peanut to reap benefits out of it. I came across this recipe so just tried it.
I was pretty amused to hear …Can I have some more ! Aren’t those words music to your ears. You just want it to run on repeat mode until u find a new one don’t you agree with me. I must say miracles do happen. A new peanut hater just got converted yesterday  :))

Recipe adapted from here

Pasta – 1 1/2 cups (to be cooked)
Chicken – 1 cup cubed
Chili/ paprika powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder -1/3 tsp
Salt to taste

Peanut butter – 1- 2 tbsp
Sesame oil – 1 tsp (use peanut oil if you like)
Chicken broth or stock – 1/2 cup
Any chili paste – 1 tsp (I used #siracha )
Garlic powder – 1/2 tsp
Lime -1/2 of 1
Salt -only if required

Sesame seeds -toasted – 1 tsp
Cilantro – chopped

Marinate the chicken. Allow it to rest for 1/2 an hr then  cook it on low flame adding half cup water until cooked.Use the stock for dressing.
Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the pack adding salt. I like it a lil bit soft so I cook for 3 minutes more.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

To make the dressing combine all the ingredients given for it whisk well pour the pasta water too into this whisk until combined. Drizzle half on the chicken and half on the pasta so the flavors distribute evenly.Allow both to soak up most of it. Now combine the chicken and pasta and toss well together.
Sprinkle sesame seeds  and cilantro chopped and serve warm.

Leftover curried boneless chicken works well for this recipe.
Salad does have a strong peanut taste you can mellow it down with some vinegar, soy sauce, honey and peanut butter  add lil water if required, simply reduce the sauce and pour on the chicken and pasta.

Other Pasta Salad ideas from Food Network friends:

The Mom 100: Pasta Salad with Chicken, Picholine Olives and Ramp Vinaigrette
Homemade Delish: Spring Orzo Salad
Devour: Pasta Salads That Go Beyond Mayonnaise
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Pasta Salad with Arugula, Bell Pepper & Spring Onion
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chicken Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
Taste with the Eyes: Refreshing Rice Noodle Salad, Lime Ginger Dressing
FN Dish: Picnic-Ready Pasta Salads with Hundreds of Sky-High Reviews

9 Replies to “Chicken Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing”

  1. Framed Recipes

    Interesting Idea Meena. Sonshine used to love peanut butter at some point, but now cringes at the sight of it. I am planning to try this when his peanut butter love is turned back on. :). And those exact words, “can i have more?” is definitely music to the ears. – Sreelatha

  2. Sathya- MyKitchenodyssey

    These pasta salad look amazing. Wow !! amazing this recipe made ur daughter eat peanut butter.

  3. Remya Elizabeth Anish

    A beautiful combo for pasta….. I'm a peanut butter lover….. really tempting me… 🙂

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